20 Holistic Health Tips For A Better Wellbeing

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What do you know about holistic health care or holistic way of living?

The term holistic means approaching an entity as whole because all of its parts are interdependent.

As it relates to health care, a holistic approach addresses the whole person, paying attention to all of the interdependent parts, to achieve overall health and well-being.

A holistic approach is aimed at maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit.  The understanding is, if there is a problem in any one area, it can affect the others, so we need to look after the whole person, mental and physical, to achieve maximum health.

Many studies show that lifestyle, our physical and mental activities, has the greatest impact on our overall health.

20 Health Tips For Your Healthy & Holistic Lifestyle

1. Improve your posture.

It is important to keep your spine as straight as possible so that your muscles do not strain and contract unnecessarily.  Also, in order to keep energy circulating throughout your body, it is important to keep your spine straight and nerves unhindered.

2. Don’t forget to relax.

No human being is equipped to function in constant stress mode.  It is unhealthy to have a life filled with all work and no play.

Some of the most common health problems that result when a person doesn’t relax enough include high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, and other digestive disorders.

Be sure to take some time out for yourself at least once a week, preferably once a day.  This can help to prevent, and in some cases eliminate, these chronic health problems.

3. Improve your sleeping habits.

One of the best things that everyone can do to improve their well-being is to moderate their sleeping patterns.

Unfortunately, poor sleep is a habit learned by nearly everyone during the teenage years.  It is critical to allow your body the time it needs to wind down and relax so that you can be rejuvenated.

If you feel tired during the day, when you awaken in the morning or exhausted before bedtime it is a sign that you are not getting the right amount of sleep.  This could be too much, or too little.

Try setting aside eight hours for sleep each night, getting into bed no less than half an hour prior to the time that you want to be asleep.

If you do this for a few weeks, you will find positive improvements in your overall health and productivity.

4. Breathe mindfully.

The process of mindful breathing is a form of meditation; however it is also a great way to get more oxygen into your blood and tissues.

If you start right now and pay attention to how you are breathing, it is more than likely that you will find yourself breathing quite shallowly.

This is not a healthy breathing pattern. You can start out by just inhaling completely and then slowly exhaling completely.  If you take one minute to just do this focused breathing each day, you will find that you feel better during that minute.

And, you will catch yourself paying attention to your breathing several times throughout the day.  If you are stressed or tired, take a minute out of your day to breathe mindfully.

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5. Avoid clutter.

Clutter is an energy buster.  If your bedroom is cluttered, the energy will not flow as freely as it should and your sleep will be affected in a negative way.

Not only that, but clutter is frustrating because it often keeps you from finding something that you need in a few seconds.

Take the time to eliminate clutter, but start small with one area at a time. Otherwise, you risk overwhelming yourself with a lot of work.

6. Consider a peroxide bath.

Hydrogen peroxide is known for being a highly effective astringent that removes toxins, or dirt, from scrapes and cuts.  It can do the same thing for the rest of the body as well.

Simply add a quart of peroxide to your hot bath and soak for a few minutes to check for tolerance.

If you don’t have any irritation that does not stop quickly, add the second quart and soak for about ten minutes.  The peroxide will pull toxins from your skin and help you to flush toxins better afterward.

7. Consider a liver flush.

Gallstones form in the bile ducts and the gallbladder, and may be to blame for medical problems that go otherwise unexplained.  By performing a liver flush you are helping your body to eliminate the built up toxins and gallstones.

If you are interested in instructions for a liver flush, you can find them at any reputable holistic healer and even online.  If you have any health problems or suspect that you might, you should speak with your doctor prior to performing the process.

8. Be mindful instead of bored.

If you feel bored, or feel as though you are stretching every minute to its fullest extent in order to get things done, you are probably a good candidate for the practice of mindfulness.

Through mindfulness, you are going to get to the root of what is causing you to feel stressed or bored.

Often, there is something deeper that is causing you anxiety, and through this technique, you are likely to discover what that something is.

The premise is to let go of pain and to allow thoughts to flow freely.  By trying to suppress feelings and control thoughts, you are actually doing your body more harm than good.

9. Pay attention to your colors.

Although you may have stopped paying attention to color as a young child, there is definitely some benefit to examining what colors you tend to use, enjoy and prefer.  Color is directly associated with body energy and emotions.

Sometimes, you may feel out of balance and not realize that it is the colors surrounding you that are impacting your mind-body balance.

For example, if you tend to wear a lot of red or to surround yourself with red, you may be over-stimulating your emotions. However, if you frequently feel tired or listless you might want to add more red to your wardrobe.

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10. Play an active role.

If you have decided to see a holistic practitioner, one of the things that you need to realize when you get started is that this is not the passive medicine that you may have experienced in the past.

The practitioners are there to guide you as the patient, but you will need to make a significant effort and work with your practitioner to determine the best treatments for you and to increase the effectiveness of the treatments.

Many patients find that taking an active role in treatment makes the effects more immediate and tangible.

11. Focus on the dance of life.

Life is ever-changing and ever adapting.  Sometimes we all get bogged down in our day to day and forget to take time out for ourselves.  It is beneficial to take at least some time each day to work on personal growth and healing.

Spending time working on personal growth in some way will make you more aware of the ups and downs of your life and give you tools for dealing with whatever comes your way throughout your life.

12. Eliminate the cause of health problems before trying to treat the symptoms. 

For example, if you are suffering from indigestion it makes more sense to eliminate the foods that are causing the problem than it does to take medication after the pain starts.

Holistic healers are looking to heal the whole body. Therefore, it is believed that first you stop doing the things that are harming you, and then you replace those things with nutrients, etc. that are better for you. This can apply to the body, the mind or the soul.

13. Listen to more music.

Sound therapy is becoming commonplace in homes with newborn infants and older adults.  There are many benefits of sound therapy including calming and increasing the patient’s sense overall wellbeing.

Find a soft music that you enjoy, and try playing it at the lowest possible volume in a quiet room. You will find that before too long, if you are quiet and relaxed, that you hear the music as though it were at full volume.

14. Perform an act of love.

Many holistic healers claim that there is no more powerful medicine than love and that simply giving or receiving affection such as a hug can raise the spirits and begin to heal the body.  If you are suffering from the grief of some sort, love may be all that you need to start healing.

15. Nourish your soul.

Just like the mind and body, the soul also needs nourishment to continue to grow and develop.  Your soul is what provides you with energy and vitality. Everyone has different soul food, however, most find that their soul is nourished by a walk outdoors or spending time with friends and family.

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16. Get better sleep.  

Do your best to avoid stress and exertion within an hour of your bedtime. Consider having a cup of chamomile tea before bed, or using lavender infused oil in order to help induce a sense of relaxation.  Try to get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, to maintain healthy sleep habits.

17. Meditate for better well being.

The basic definition of meditation is to concentrate on some object or thought in order to quiet the mind.

There are many different types and styles of meditation; however the one thing that is consistent is that not every technique will work for every person.

Everyone can benefit from some type of meditation, take some time to read about different techniques or talk to a holistic healer for more information about what might work for you.

18. Be nicer.

Positive energy is contagious.  If you do something nice for someone today, chances are that before the end of the day that person will do something nice for someone else.

Holding the door for someone costs you nothing more than a few seconds out of your day. However, if that person is having a bad day it might just be the little pick up needed to put them in a better mood.

Little things mean a lot, and if you are doing nice things for people, you will begin to feel better about yourself.

19. Be gracious. 

Gratitude is extremely powerful, and remembering to say ‘thank you’ for even the littlest things can be a powerful positive change.

Expressing gratitude is much more pleasant than expressing frustration, and it will eventually begin to replace the negative habit of complaining that we all get into sometimes.

20. Accept that there is no clear and easy path.

Many people spend so much time looking for the easy route that they forget to enjoy the joys of the road.  Changing your perspective will take time, but try to begin thinking of obstacles as stepping-stones along the path of your life.

 


POINTS TO REMEMBER

20 Holistic Health Tips
A holistic approach is aimed at maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit

  1. Improve your posture
  2. Don’t forget to relax
  3. Improve your sleeping habits
  4. Breathe mindfully
  5. Avoid clutter
  6. Consider a peroxide bath
  7. Consider a liver flush
  8. Be mindful instead of bored
  9. Pay attention to your colors
  10. Play an active role
  11. Focus on the dance of life
  12. Eliminate the cause of health problems before trying to treat the symptoms
  13. Listen to more music
  14. Perform an act of love
  15. Nourish your soul
  16. Get better sleep
  17. Meditate for better well being
  18. Be nicer
  19. Be gracious
  20. Accept that there is no clear and easy path

TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

– Are your lifestyle activities contribute to your better health?

– Are your attitude and mental behavior promote better health?

– What other activities you can do to improve your overall well-being?


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What Are The Easy Steps To Meditate For The Peace Of Mind?

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Meditation elicits many descriptive terms: stillness, silence, tranquility, peace, quiet, and calm.

All counter stress and tension.  Lama Surya Das in his book Awakening The Buddha Within says, “Meditation is not just something to do. It’s a method of being and seeing – an unconditional way of living moment by moment.

In other words, learning to live in this moment because this moment is all we have.

Henry Winkler is quoted as saying; “A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.”

Meditation is an opportunity to ‘shake hands with ourselves’ in a safe, simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

It takes many forms in today’s society.  All have one thing in common.  They use concentration techniques to still the mind and stop thought.

Many experts agree that meditation is an invaluable tool for relaxation. It has many health benefits. It wards off the physical damage caused by stress, boosts your immune function and basically helps relaxes your body.

However, meditation is one of the most widely practiced stress management technique worldwide. There are many benefits that you can derive from meditating.

So let’s look at some of the benefits that meditation has to offer.

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Meditation helps you control your own thoughts.

Man has conquered space and Mount Everest. But the most difficult thing to conquer is your own mind. Even the greatest minds on Earth are not able to control their thoughts.

Look at Van Gogh. He succumbed to his thoughts and committed suicide. They are not able to reject their negative thoughts and focus on the positive.

However, the art of meditation teaches that not only that you can control your own thoughts, you can also reject your negative thoughts.

Through meditation, you will be able to create the peace of mind that you always wanted.

Meditation also teaches detachment.

It is easy to get annoyed by all the little things in life. It may be the jam to work in the morning, the rude lady that cut your queue.

Every little small thing may annoy you. No matter how you try and avoid these problems, they will also keep appearing and we need to get used to doing that.

Meditation will help you develop detachment and also keep your mind in perspective. Through meditation, you will be able to detach yourself from all these irritating little nuisances.

Meditation also helps you discover the purpose of life.

If you are feeling empty inside, meditation allows you the time that you need to examine yourself inwardly and helps you gain a greater understanding of life.

You will start to be relaxed and you will be able to view your life from a whole different perspective.

Lastly, meditation leads to happiness and peace of mind. As we have pointed out before, it helps you control your thoughts. So it is out with the negative thoughts and in with the positive energy.

It detaches you from little petty problems and also helps you discover the purpose of life. So try meditating today to live a better life tomorrow.

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How to Meditate?

So how do you start meditating? Here are a few simple steps on how to learn to meditate.

First, choose the time and place.

You need to set a time each day for meditation. It may be the start of the day or it may be the end of the day.

It is recommended that you meditate at the start of the day because that is the time of the day when you are least tired and your mind is still fresh.

However, it is really up to you. After you have allocated a time to meditate, you need to set a place for you to meditate in. Preferably it is somewhere that is calming and relaxing and away from all noise and distraction.

You need to be away from the television set, or any house phone and mobile phones. You could also put on some gentle, calming music that is repetitive and gentle. This will create an environment that is relaxing for you.

Second, relax your whole body. Sit with your back straight.

It does not have to be in any particular position. The most important part is to remember that your back must be straight. This will help with your breathing later on.

Third, remember you control your own thoughts and not the other way round.

Reject all the negative thoughts and try to empty your mind. You need to be patient. Don’t expect that you’ll be able to successfully silence your mind on your first try.

If you were told to not think of a pink elephant, your mind will straight away think of a pink elephant. That is how difficult it is. Remember to be patient.

Fourth, try to concentrate on something.

It will be difficult to control your thoughts with just your inner mind alone. So try an easier way first.

Choose something to focus your attention on. It may be a simple mantra or you could be concentrating on a flower or a candle. You could also try listening to your heart beat and try to focus on that.

Once you are able to focus, you can now focus on silencing your mind. Remember, be patient and you too will soon be able to enjoy the benefits that meditation

Guided Meditation to Reduce Stress

Meditation is an anti-stress antidote. It is a means of attaining calm and tranquility.

Ordinary people who want to attain inner peace can utilize the same principles and through meditation be better equipped to deal with the everyday stresses they face.

One of the ways that meditation benefits practitioners is the way that it produces a deep state of relaxation, which enables the person to focus and attends to one thought or object.

The mind is often crowded by nagging worries and negative emotions, which affect a person’s judgment. It also involves problems the world has an offer. Meditation succeeds where other approaches fail.

When the human body is subjected to either psychological or physical stresses, there are physical changes that occur that negatively impact the body.

The fight-or-flight response kicks in. This is the body’s way of preparing the person to “survive” the situation.

This physiologic response can be harmful when the stress is applied continuously, like what happens to people who live a stressful lifestyle.

It is therefore not surprising that the incidence of heart disease, hypertension, and other diseases due in part to stress is increasing in modern society.

Western medicine is successful in alleviating these conditions and improving the quality of life, but only to a certain degree.

Moreover, some people are looking for other ways, or alternative approaches to help them deal with stress and make themselves much more capable of dealing with any situation that arises without kicking into high gear all the time.

Scientific studies have shown that meditation has the opposite effect as the fight-or-flight response.

Based on research, the following are the physiological effects of meditation: lowered muscle tension, decrease in blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as lowered oxygen consumption. These effects are proven to be very good for the body.

To avoid stress build-ups, you can try meditation. Besides it being cool to do, you can obtain an immediate calming effect regardless of your meditation posture. In this manner, you can reduce your stress.

1. Practicing your breathing is the first process you should learn. If you observe that stress is starting to disturb you, just do a couple of light breathing. Concentrate on your breathing quality. Make sure that it’s light and still. Then slowly breathe deeper.

2. The next step is to balance your posture and make it even, head up and back straight. Most people who are stressed out often do a slouching posture while frowning.

3. Clear your thoughts. Start to imagine that you are swimming in relaxing waves. Feel the flowing waves in your consciousness that is taking away all you stress and anxiety. Make sure your body receives the constant flow of the waves.

4. Acknowledge your stress and review its root causes. This is a very important step. Denying stress in the meditation process is not good. Clearly, speak to your mind that the stress is true but you have the capacity to handle it by thinking straight and finding ways to deal and cope up with it immediately.

5. Repeat this statement during your meditation process for at least ten minutes or more. Then take control of your stress totally. Think of the person who caused you such stress and made you out of control. Control your mind and remove the stress from it.

6. Finally, concentrate on a decision that you have the right to a peaceful and free mind and nobody can say or do anything against this right, as you end the meditation process. Every time you need meditation just dictates this decision to your mind.

These steps can do something to change your outlook whenever stress disturbs you. Never be afraid to try, just believe in the benefits that it will give you in the end.

Practicing meditation is  an effective approach to promoting emotional balance as well as overall good health. Experts today recommend it as a way to deal with stress and to lessen the symptoms of some body ailments.

 

Here are other helpful articles about meditation for your reference:

http://prcvir.com/blog/what-is-mindfulness-meditation/

http://prcvir.com/blog/what-are-the-health-advantages-of-meditation/

http://prcvir.com/blog/what-are-some-hindrances-and-some-solutions-during-meditation/

http://prcvir.com/blog/understanding-the-basics-of-meditation/

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Chocolate: Health Tips and Recipes

Who doesn’t like chocolates? When the craving for chocolate strikes, it becomes such a complicated and difficult situation when you cannot give in to that yearning. Thus, never deprive yourself. Remember, anything taken in moderation is safe for you!

And besides, chocolates, especially the dark chocolates have been found to be good for the heart. Eating a small bar every day can actually help your heart as well as your cardiovascular system do well.

So, why not include chocolates in your chocolate and get lower blood pressure from dark chocolates as well as lower cholesterol! Just make sure that you integrate the following tips to your chosen home cooking using chocolate recipes.

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Health Tips in Making Chocolate Recipes

Here are 5 tips when incorporating chocolate into your recipes:

Tip 1 – Chocolates Remain a High-Calorie and High-Fat Food

When you say balancing calories in the body, it does not mean that you are prohibited from eating chocolates from now on. No! You may still eat a pound of chocolate each day. As a matter of fact, chocolates remain to be a high-calorie and high-fat food.

There are studies to prove that not even 100 grams of chocolates were used, or that is about 3.5 ounces of pure dark chocolate eaten each day can already give you the benefits.

Again, one bar of pure dark chocolate is found to have around 400 calories. If you eat just half of a bar of chocolate per day, then you should balance those 200 calories you get from the chocolates by eating a little less of other foods.

It might be best to cut out on your other sweets or extra snacks and replace instead with some chocolates that will maintain your total calories.

 

Tip 2 – Combine the Taste of the Chocolate with your Recipes

Chocolate is a composite food with more than 300 compounds as well as chemicals in every bite. And the only way to really enjoy and appreciate eating chocolates is to take some time to savor its taste.

This you do not only do with your mouth, but professionals taste chocolates by using the mouth for the taste, eyes for the appearance, nose for the smell, and then getting the total taste of each chocolate.

 

Tip 3 – Use Dark Chocolates in your Recipes

Dark chocolates are found to have greater antioxidants content than milk or white chocolates. These other two variants of chocolate cannot make any of the health claims that the dark chocolate has always claimed.

This may be attributed to the fact that dark chocolates have higher cocoa content of about 65 percent compared to the milk and white chocolates.

 

Tip 4 – Skip the Nougat in your Chocolate Recipes

Always go in search for the dark chocolates that are pure and not combined with anything. You may also go for those dark chocolates that are mixed with nuts, some orange peels or with other flavorings put on it.

The key here is to avoid anything that has caramel in it, nougat or any other fillings as these will just add up to the sugar and fat which are already inside your body.

 

 

Tip 5 – Avoid Combining Milk and Chocolate in your Recipes

Combining chocolate and milk when cooking your favorite recipes, or concocting your own recipes may taste very good. However, some studies show that pouring milk over the chocolate may actually prevent the antioxidants from being absorbed and used by your body. Therefore, never combine chocolate with milk for all your chocolate recipes!

 

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Healthy Chocolate Recipes for your Loved Ones

Ever tried using chocolates for your home-cooking recipes? Well, if you have not yet done that, it is high-time you start doing it and start concocting your own chocolate recipes!

Combining chocolates with the old-fashioned recipes as well as the contemporary recipes you and your family have enjoyed for years will surely be a great treat for you and your loved ones!

Besides, chocolates have their share of health benefits that the whole family can benefit from. Perhaps you are asking what makes chocolates healthy. Well, here is the answer.

Plants give us the chocolates we are enjoying now. Therefore, it would mean that they are full of the countless health benefits that can be taken from various kinds of vegetables. These known benefits of chocolates are from what is called the flavonoids.

They act as antioxidants to protect our body from becoming old which as we know, may be caused by some free radicals or toxins responsible for causing heart illnesses or disorders.

The flavonoids are also responsible for the making of nitric oxide as well as putting some hormones in the body to a state of equilibrium.

Did you even know that dark chocolate is full of a huge number of antioxidants which is almost 8 times those found in strawberries?

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Topped with Strawberries

Ingredient for Toppings

15 pcs of fresh strawberries

 

Ingredients for Base

2 c vanilla wafer crumbs

6 tbsp margarine, melted

 

Ingredients for Body

1 – 14-ounce bag of caramels

1 can 5-ounce of evaporated milk

1 cup chopped of pecans, toasted

2 pack 8-ounce of cream cheese, soften

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

2 pcs of eggs

1/2 c of semi-sweet chocolate pieces

 

Instructions

1. For the base, mix crumbs and margarine then press into the bottom of a 9-inch baking pan. Bake the mixture at 350 degrees F, for about10 minutes.

2. For the body, in a 1 1/2 quart clean and heavy saucepan, you may start melting the caramels with some milk.

3. Do this over low heat, stirring often until mixture becomes smooth.

4. Pour mixture over crust then drop all pecans.

5. Combine the pre-measured cream cheese with sugar plus vanilla.

6. Mix all ingredients at a medium pace with your electric mixer until everything has been well blended.

7. Add eggs, each at one time, mixing them well after every addition.

8. Blend in the chocolate and pour over the pecans.

9. You may now bake the mixture at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

11. Loosen the baked cake from the rim of your pan and cool it before removing from the rim of the pan.

12. Chill then garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top. You may also add finely chopped up pecans if preferred.

Now, eating your heart out on this delectable chocolate-related recipe will never be complete without a freshly concocted chocolate drink you and your family will love!

Try this chocolate drink recipe and see the delight on your loved ones’ faces!

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Chocolate Banana Supreme Shake

Ingredients

1 c of diet chocolate soda; chilled

1/2 med sized banana; peeled

1 pack of  diet chocolate shake mix

1 tbsp of Smooth peanut butter; frozen

 

Instructions

1. For each of all 4 sections of your ice cube tray, you may pour 2 tablespoons of chocolate soda.

2. Freeze the preparation until all cubes appear solid.

3. Wrap the bananas in plastic freezer wrap and let them stay in the freezer until they are solid.

4, In a blender, mix the remaining half cup of soda with the frozen bananas and halves, the chocolate drink mix and some peanut butter.

5. Process all ingredients at a high speed until mixture becomes smooth.

6. Add the soda cubes one by one while melting out ice is dissolved.

7. Wait for the mixture to be thick then serve immediately. This recipe makes one serving only.

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Chocolate Recipe for Diabetics

There has been a long-standing debate whether diabetics could eat chocolates. Maybe there should really be chocolate-related recipes for diabetics.

We have to remember that these patients may have been eating chocolates for years before they were diagnosed with the illness and thus might find it quite depriving to say no to chocolates all the time.

Some, on the other hand, may simply want to get a bite or two but couldn’t because of this myth.

In reality, diabetics like those with any other illness can eat anything they want – but in moderation. It is a simple truth that is admittedly difficult to follow.

It has been called “the forbidden treat” or the “darkest temptations” many times, but there is no use saying that diabetics need to take chocolates completely out of their lives.

There have been researches made in Europe claiming that eating chocolates occasionally and in moderation actually increase insulin response.

The catch is that it takes a while for the body to absorb chocolate sugar than those of bread and potatoes so the body has time to adjust the level of reaction to sugar.

The only reason for preventing diabetic patients from eating too much chocolate is its ability to cause obesity in so little time.  I

f the diabetic should eat the chocolate as part of a meal or dessert, the body absorbs it even more slowly. So, that could do the trick for diabetic chocolate lovers!

It is likewise unsafe to believe in claims of some products that they are either ‘diabetic chocolate’ or ‘diabetic friendly’. You are still required to look closely and see whether they are using high levels of fructose in place of sugar, because as a diabetic yourself, you may well know that it is just as dangerous.

So, given that, we’ve already cleared the air out, and here is a favorite snack that all diabetics can start concocting up and feast on!

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Chocolate-Mango Cream Cake

Ingredients

250g/8oz Ground Graham Crackers

150g/5oz milk

1 pack of whole graham crackers

100g/3½oz unsalted butter

150g/5oz dark chocolate

150g/5oz golden syrup

75g/2½oz raisins

100g/3½oz chopped ripe mangoes

30g/1oz cashew, chopped (optional)

60g/2oz pecans, chopped (optional)

350g heavy cream

 

Instructions

1. Line the sides of the 8inches shallow pan.

2. Arrange the whole crackers at the bottom of the pan

3. Mix the milk, cream, syrup by hand until fluffy.

4. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and set aside. The chocolate must neither be too gooey nor too light.

5. Pour in some of the cream on top of the crackers and spread evenly.

6. Drizzle some of the chocolate on top of the cream and arrange the mangoes afterward

7. Sprinkle some nuts for texture

8. Then pour in some ground graham to integrate the cream, before arranging whole ones again.

9. Repeat the steps until the pan is almost filled to the lid.

10. Lastly, garnish the top with cream mixture and sprinkle with nuts and raisin. If you still have some chocolate left, you may also put some on top.

11. Refrigerate for a minimum of ten minutes to let the graham absorb the cream mixture.

12. The longer it stays in the ref, the better. Makes 12 servings.

A reminder, please hold onto yourself from finishing up the whole pan. Share it with friends. It is pretty tempting and it’s okay to give in, but your health comes first before anything.

When eating chocolates, make sure you have the best of some chocolate recipes.

 

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23 Tips On How To Deal With Allergy

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Are you or suffering from allergies? Or you know anyone who does? If so, check these 23 general tips to avoid any discomfort or pain.

Knowing this yourself would make you more understanding and considerate to your loved ones who have.

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1. The most important thing to know about allergy is the allergen.

Allergens are substances that trigger allergy which can be in the form of dust, pet’s hair, scents, pollen and smoke.  Trace the pattern of your allergy.  Sneezing after cleaning your house might mean that your allergens are dust.

2. Remove those foods in your diet if you suspect that you are allergic to them.

Do this gradually by eliminating each food you usually eat for a period of 2 to 4 weeks to see changes.  The process will be repeated in an opposite manner by introducing again the eliminated food to see if allergic symptoms will be manifested.

3. The best way to deal with a food allergy is to avoid its triggering factor.

Check food labels carefully for additives that can cause you allergic reactions.  If you suspect that a specific additive can cause you the allergy, avoid those as much as you can. Consider fresh and unprocessed foods.

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4. Monitor your food intake by keeping a diary.

List down all your activities including all the foods you eat.  Take note if when your allergies begin to show.  It may establish a connection between your allergic reactions and a particular food, or something like scents, soap, cosmetics, clothing that you wear or your pet’s fur.

5. Don’t hesitate to ask the ingredients of the menu when eating at restaurants, parties or when eating foods prepared by someone else.

It is important to know this information for your own safety and precaution.  Always bring with you antihistamines or anti-allergy drugs as prescribed by your doctor for emergency cases.

6. If possible, wear an ID bracelet that indicates your allergy.

This will help other people know what triggers your allergic reactions in cases of emergency.  You may also consider telling your family members, officemates and friends about your allergies before going to a buffet.  In this case, they can alert you of the food you should not take.

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7. Seek help from experts such as allergist or immunologist for better diagnosis and treatment of your allergies.

They may perform several tests to identify the specific triggering factors.  They will also provide you medical prescription suited for you.

8. Check if you manifest signs and symptoms of allergies in the widely known food allergens.

These foods can be soy, milk, peanuts, seafood and eggs.  If it causes itchiness, sneezing, swelling and hives; keep it away from your home and avoid these as much as possible.

9. As soon as you discover that you have a food allergy, you need to adjust your meal plan as well as your nutritional intake.

By getting rid of the triggering foods, you may need to supplement the nutrients lost. Diet modifications are necessary but still observe a well-balanced diet maintain a healthy body without the food that triggers your allergy.

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10. Sometimes the food allergens are your favorite foods which could be more difficult for you to get rid of.

Try to condition your mind that foods and additives that can trigger your allergies are not edible.  In this way, you can gradually avoid the temptation of eating or tasting bits.

11. It is better not to eat any kinds of nuts even if you are aware of the specific type of nut you are allergic to.

Determine carefully the content of what you are buying because nuts are not only present in some food products but are also used as ingredients in shampoos, soaps, and lotions.

12. Stress, tension and anxiety can also trigger allergies.

Try to determine the causes and deal with it by relaxation, meditation, reflection and other kinds of coping technique.  Drink milk before sleeping at night it can greatly contribute to a good rest thus decreases your potential to be stressed out.

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13. Always be ready because allergic reactions may occur anytime and anywhere.

Imagine different situations in advance about having an allergy and how you can handle it if you are away from your home.  This will help you prepare and think for your safety first than panic and not do anything at all.

14. If your children have food allergies, teach them not to accept any food given by their friends, classmates or anyone without your confirmation.

Let them know what they are allergic to and the symptoms they will manifest in order for them to seek help from adults or their school clinic when it occurs.

15. Avoid all kinds of milk and dairy products if you have a milk allergy.

Make sure to have an alternative nutrition or substitute milk nutrients by eating calcium-rich foods and Vitamin D.  Consider eating more spinach and broccoli or talk to a dietitian to provide you with a more planned diet.

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16. Supplement yourself with vitamin C. Vitamin C functions as a natural anti-allergy.

A recommended intake of 1000 mg of vitamin C taken two times a day can be a natural treatment for the relief of your allergies and asthma.  It should be taken from fresh citrus fruits not canned juice or processed foods.

17. Taking a bath before going to sleep at night is recommended for those who have allergies with pollen.

It is difficult to avoid pollen but reducing your exposure can be attainable.  Stay inside especially on hot, dry and windy days.  Always close your windows and doors with your air conditioner on.

18. A carpeted floor is not recommended for those with dust allergies.

It will trigger sneezing and itchiness continuously.  Otherwise, purchase a vacuum cleaner to clean it more often.  Bed covers should also be changed often to keep from setting in.  Leaving your footwear outside your room is also a good idea to prevent more dust.

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19. It is best not to share your bedroom with your pets especially if you have allergies.

Place them in a separate room to avoid inhaling their hair and dead skin cells.  Sometimes others who have a different type of allergy may develop an allergic reaction to pets more often to those who share a bed with their pets.

20. Wear gloves and mask when dusting or cleaning your house to prevent inhalation of dust.

Keep your stuffed toys or place them in a sealed plastic wrap.  Always wash floor rags to prevent the growth of molds. Make sure to vacuum or clean under your bed and always use a damp cloth to wipe the dust off.

21. For skin allergies such as contact dermatitis, you should know the surface or texture that you are allergic to.

Most common causes of skin allergies are fake jewelry, leather-made materials, and metals.  If you are allergic to these, make sure that you will place a cloth or cover to prevent a direct contact to your skin.

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22. Wash skin surface with cool water and mild soap immediately after you developed rashes and itchiness from a known chemical irritant.

Don’t scratch to prevent wound and further infection.  You may use calamine lotion to treat itchiness but not in the face area or near the eyes.  If rashes will continuously develop, seek medical help.

23. Choose to use non-toxic home cleaners.

Even cleaners that you use contain toxic chemicals; they can enter your bodily system through regular use.  By using non-toxic cleaners, you can be sure to rid your home of harmful chemicals that can be bad for your health.

 


TAKEAWAY QUESTIONS

— Are you or anybody you know suffer from allergies?

– If so, how do you deal with allergy attacks?

– Are you allergic to some kind of food?

– What measures and adjustments you have to make?

– Do you know anyone who suffers from allergies?


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